InterHarmony Concert Series:
Heartstrings in a Chord, April 1, 2016

(Presented by InterHarmony International Music Festival)

Misha Quint, cello; Andrzej Grabiec, violin; Irina Nuzova, piano; Delana Thomsen, piano; Brennen Milton, clarinet; Olivia Chen, violin; Nicole M. Rivera-Montañez, Mezzo-soprano

Graphic Design: Abby Gaudette

Heartstrings in a Chord: The Brave Hearts of Up-and-coming Soloists Strike a Chord with Seasoned Masters at Carnegie Hall in Season Finale of InterHarmony Concert Series April 1, 2016 at 8PM

Cellist Misha Quint presents the best and brightest of the InterHarmony® International Music Festival on April 1, 2016 at 8 pm in the Weill Recital Hall. Every year, IIMF founder Quint brings a select group of rising young stars from the festival to play at Carnegie Hall with established performing artists. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased online at, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. For more information, please visit

About the Program: Heartstrings in a Chord

Heartstrings in a Chord brings together up-and-coming soloists with seasoned masters. In the concert's first half, meet a new generation of talented, classical musicians, as Brennen Milton (clarinet), Olivia Chen (violin) and Nicole M. Rivera-Montañez (mezzo-soprano) take to the stage with showpieces from Romanticism to Impressionism. The pianist for the first half will be Delana Thomsen. After the intermission, Festival Founder Misha Quint (cello) will be joined by Andrzej Grabiec (violin) and Irina Nuzova (piano) to perform Shostakovich's haunting Piano Trio.

The Music

Debussy called the Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano "one of the most charming pieces I have ever written." Its dreamy atmospheres create a drama of changing colors, just beyond the reach of words. Delilah's aria Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix by Saint-Saëns, is so seductive that Samson cannot help but reveal the secret of his strength, dooming himself. Audiences have proved no less susceptible. In Stride la vampa from Verdi's masterpiece Il Trovatore, Azucena mourns her mother's awful fate and plots revenge. Wieniawski's Polonaise Brillante in D Major, is a theatrical, extroverted work, full of rapid runs and irrepressible enthusiasm. Paganini took care to write concertos so demanding only he could perform them and his Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op.6 remains one of the most difficult in the repertoire. But its staying power owes more to its wealth of melodies and operatic drama. Shostakovich's Piano Trio, No. 2, Op.67, strikes a tragic tone. The year was 1944, the composer's good friend Ivan Sollertinsky had died and the country was nearing the end of exhausting war. Here, after the public bombast of his Leningrad Symphony, was a private expression of doubt: anxiety about the future and sorrow for the past. Its premiere made a profound impression – the audience wept openly and demanded encores. It was immediately banned.


Misha Quint cello
Cellist MISHA QUINT made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 after winning first place in the Boccherini Competition in St. Petersburg. Some of the celebrated orchestras that Quint has performed with include: Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, The Metropolitan Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, The National Irish Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad State Orchestra, Orchestra of Classical and Contemporary Music and the Symphony Orchestras of Latvia and Georgia. Quint has worked with an equally illustrious group of conductors, including Maxim Shostakovich, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Colman Pearce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Camilla Kolchinsky, Yaacov Bergman, Franz Anton Krager and Ira Levin, and premiered works the most outstanding composers of today including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Thomas Fortmann, Nathan Davis, and Alfred Schnitke. Quint is an active chamber musician and has performed with such artists as Nikolai Znaider, Bela Davidovich, Bruno Canino, Sherban Lupu, Andrzej Grabiec, Yuri Gandelsman, Boris Kushnir, and Mikhail Kopelman. Quint started founding music festivals in Europe in 1997 with the creation of The International Cello Festival in Blonay, Switzerland, followed by the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland in 1998. Quint established the InterHarmony Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland in 2000, and has since moved iterations of the festival to San Francisco, the Berkshires in Massachusettes, Schwarzwald, Germany, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, and Tuscany, Italy, as well as the InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Quint is currently on the faculty of the Preparatory Division at Mannes College The New School for Music, in Manhattan. Quint will release a new recording on the Blue Griffin Label called "Matryoshka Blues" in February 2016.

Andrzej Grabiec violin
Violinist ANDRZEJ GRABIEC, prizewinner at the Fifth International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland (1967) and the International Jacques Thibaud Violin Competition in Paris, France (1969), made his debut with Opole Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland at age 14. He studied at the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where he was later appointed Professor of Violin. He went on to become a soloist and concertmaster of the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Polish National Radio and Television and the leader of Capella per Musica da Camera. Grabiec became concertmaster at the Rochester Philhamonic, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas, as well as Music Director of the Mozart Festival Chamber Orchestra. Grabiec became Professor of Violin at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston in 1995. He performed with the Houston Symphony in 1999, and is a founder and Artistic Co-Director of the Virtuosi of Houston. Invited by Australia's government, Grabiec served as Artistic Director of an Olympic Arts Tour throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Islands, where he also performed as a violin soloist and conductor in 1999. In 2002 Grabiec performed the world premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "Seren", by American composer Peter Lieuwen, and was its dedicee. Grabiec made his Chinese debut in 2008 in Guangzhou, China with master classes and a performance of Saint-Saens Violin Concerto with the Xinghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski, Kazimierz Kord, Mark Elder, and Erich Bergel and continues to teach and perform at a litany of music festivals around the world.

Irina Nuzova, piano
Winner of numerous international prizes and awards, IRINA NUZOVA has appeared in recital as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and South America. In Europe she performed at the Amici della Musica concert series in Florence, at the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Conservatory, Germany, Romania, and in the Netherlands, and In the USA at the Phillips Collection and National Gallery in Washington D.C., Weill Recital Hall in New York, Gardner Museum in Boston, Music in the Parks Series in St.Paul. Ms. Nuzova has appeared in live radio interviews and live broadcasts on Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC radio stations. A native of Moscow, Russia, Ms. Nuzova studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music under the guidance of Alexander Satz before moving to the United States. Ms. Nuzova holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music. A devoted teacher, Ms. Nuzova was invited to join the Piano Faculty at the Special School of America in 2013, where she teaches individual students and chamber music. Ms. Nuzova was part of a Duo-in –Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago with the cellist Wendy Warner. Ms. Nuzova gave Master Classes at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA and at the Music Institute of Chicago and serves regularly as a jury panelist at piano competitions around the USA. During the summer, Ms. Nuzova teaches at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. She is a member of the Camerata Phillips, the chamber ensemble in residence of the Phillips Collection Gallery in Washington DC.

Delana Thomsen piano
DELANA THOMSEN is a highly accomplished solo and collaborative pianist who has given recitals throughout Europe and the US, as well as Master Classes in Iceland, Bulgaria, and the InterHarmony Festival in Italy. In NYC she has appeared in numerous venues including Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall. Ms. Thomsen has been affiliated with Aspen, Juilliard and Mannes. She has been pianist for the violin classes of Ivan Galamian and for Master Classes of Dorothy Delay, Shirley Givens, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Eleanor Lawrence, Channing Robbins, Alan Harris, Leonard Rose and Mstislav Rostropovitch. "Morgunbildith" in Iceland wrote "artistic...a first-rate musician (who) projects unusually loveable playing"; The "Borba" in Bulgaria wrote "Ms. Thomsen plays with an authentic and sensitive style that gives the listener a sound picture of the boundless nuances of human life"; and "The Music Connoisseur" wrote "…the appealing duo displayed a high level of virtuosity throughout". She is a sought after teacher and inspiring mentor, and her pupils have had great recognition. Several have had the honor of being chosen to perform in Master Classes with distinguished artists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Edna Golandsky, and Robert MacDonald. Ms.,Thomsen's pupils have been the winners of numerous local & concerto competitions including Yonkers Philharmonic, Long Island Youth Orchestra, LaGuardia High School, & Hudson Valley Music Club. She is on the piano faculties of Manhattan School of Music Precollege, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and has private teaching studios in NYC and Columbia Co. NY. Her teachers have been Ruth Slenczynska, Arthur Balsam, Dalmo Carra as well as 13 years of post-graduate studies with Elizabeth Moschetti Tobias: assistant to Dorothy Taubman.

Olivia Chen violin
OLIVIA CHEN is a fourteen year-old violinist and a 9th grader in the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High School. Olivia began violin lessons at age of 4. She has studied with various teachers including Joyce Durfee, Henry Rubin, Herbert Greenberg, and Emil Chudnovsky. In November 2015, Olivia commenced studies with violinist and professor Victor Danchenko. At age 6, Olivia became a member of the string orchestra in the Houston Youth Symphony. She currently participates in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) as principal of the second violin in the Philharmonic, and is the youngest member of the orchestra. Olivia has played in master classes and lessons for various musicians and professors including Curtis professor Shmuel Ashkenasi, Julliard professor Shirley Givens, Baltimore Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, Michael Ludwig, Jody Gatwood, Olivia Hajioff, Marc Ramirez, James Stern, Rachel Barton Pine, and New Mexico Symphony Conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa. Olivia was featured in a special event hosted by the Symphony of the Potomac and conductor, Joel Lazar in November 2014 featuring works by Arvo Part. In the summer of 2014, Olivia won second place in the Junior Division of the Asian American International Competition. Later that year, she won third place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition and was featured in a concert at Carnegie Hall in the fall. In March of 2015, Ms. Chen was selected to perform in the Music Friends Concerts at the Alden Theater in March 2015 and soon after won second prize in the Advanced Category of the WPAS Feder Memorial String Competition. This past summer, she attended the Miami Summer Music Festival where she studied with professors Michael Klotz and Yuriy Bekker and studied with Shirley Givens in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. Olivia won first prize in the ENKOR International Competition in July 2015 and as a result, she received the PASSAMONTE prize, which includes a scholarship to the LPM European Summer Masterclass in London in the UK. Olivia was one of the winners in the National Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore in a concert for second graders in Montgomery County Public Schools. Most recently, Olivia won first place in the state division of the Music Teachers National Association and competed in the eastern regional competition in January 2016.

Brennen Milton clarinet
Clarinetist BRENNEN MILTON holds a Masters of Music Degree from the California State University Sacramento School of Music. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Alcorn State University, where he began his career as a freelance performer, playing Mozart, Strauss and even Dixieland jazz. After receiving his degree, Brennen went on to study music at the Naval School of Music, and graduated top of his class and won a job with the United States Marine Corp's 2nd Marine Division Band. As a freelance musician and volunteer he has performed with local groups such as the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Camerata California Orchestra, the Capitol Pops Concert Band and the American River College Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Mr. Milton has branched out into the Northern California freelance scene, performing with the VITA Academy orchestra, pit orchestras, and even unconventional spaces such as the storefront of a local sandwich shop. Brennen made his debut as an international clarinetist in Italy in the Summer of 2014 with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy. Brennen made another appearance in Italy this summer for a classical music festival in Tuscany. In March 2015 Brennen won the Concerto Competition at Sac State, and performed as soloist with CSUS's Symphony Orchestra with Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie.

Nicole M. Rivera-Montañez
Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, mezzo-soprano NICOLE M. RIVERA-MONTAÑEZ is demonstrating her artistic versatility on the operatic stage, as a member of premier chamber choirs, and as a soloist. Nicole's pursuit of a professional music career began at the age of 14 under the vocal training of Alicia Stagner. At Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, she broadened her musical education through the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program. There, she participated in numerous ensembles, festivals, and conventions, including both the Florida and the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions and the Florida All-State convention. Nicole chose to continue her education at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, pursuing both a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. At Stetson's School of Music, Nicole is a scholarship student of Russell Franks, Director of Stetson Opera Theatre. She is a member of several ensembles including Stetson University's premier Concert Choir, under the direction of Timothy Peter, in which she performed in New York City's Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in the spring of 2014. On the operatic stage, she was cast as the understudy for the role of Idamante in Stetson Opera Theatre's 2015 production of Mozart's Idomeneo. As a soloist, Nicole has also had the opportunity to perform in the master class with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom and his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. In April of 2015, she was named the third-place winner of Stetson University's prestigious H.M. Giffin Vocal Competition. In addition to her involvement at Stetson University, Nicole has branched out with performances in other Florida cities. In 2014, she was an ensemble member in Vero Beach Opera's production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. She also serves as alto section leader at Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church. Nicole has excelled in both her music and academic careers, receiving several scholarships and awards including the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship and the School of Music's Outstanding Freshman Award. She is also involved in many organizations, including the Stetson Music Teachers Association, as well as the National Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi).


Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Verdi: Strida in vampa from Il trovatore
Saint-Saëns: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila
Paganini: Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op.6, I.Allegro maestoso – Tempo giusto
Wieniawski: Polonaise Brillante in D Major
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67

InterHarmony Artists

Andrzej Grabiec, violin
Misha Quint, cello
Irina Nuzova, piano
Delana Thomsen, piano

Young Artists

Olivia Chen, violin
Brennen Milton, clarinet
Nicole M. Rivera-Montañez, Mezzo-soprano

Upcoming Concerts

InterHarmony International Music Festival has been taking place in European and American cities for the past 14 summers, transports the excitement of its European music festivals to New York City for a series of 3 concerts for the fourth season. InterHarmony is pleased to announce the the InterHarmony Concert Series in Palm Beach, Florida in 2016. Come see our concerts in Italy and Germany as well this summer at the InterHarmony International Music Festival!

  • April 1, 2016 InterHarmony Concert Series

    InterHarmony Concert Series: Heartstrings in a Chord

    Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
    Verdi: Strida in vampa from Il trovatore
    Saint-Saëns: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila
    Paganini: Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op.6, I.Allegro maestoso – Tempo giusto
    Wieniawski: Polonaise Brillante in D Major
    Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67

  • November 5, 2016 InterHarmony Concert Series: Final Fantasy

    InterHarmony Concert Series: Final Fantasy

    Schubert: Der Erlkönig (Elf King) for Piano Trio
    Schumann: Märchenerzälungen Fairy Tales for Violin, Viola, and Piano, Op.132
    Shulamit Ran: Fantasy Variations for Solo Cello
    Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op.4 for String Sextet
    Richard Strauss: String Sextet from the opera, Capriccio, Op.85

Past Concerts